Flexo Label Advantage Group (FLAG) recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary in Rochester, NY, USA. From October 16-17, members and vendors joined FLAG for its ninth Annual Meeting, which was highlighted by presentations, a tabletop exhibition, networking opportunities, an awards dinner, and a facility tour of local TLF Graphics.
According to John McKay, president and founder of FLAG, the event marked the largest Annual Meeting to date. FLAG welcomed 105 attendees to the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa, including 39 member companies. Overall, 61 companies were represented.
"2019 marks our 10th year of business, and we've grown each year with our members," says McKay. "This was illustrated by our meeting theme, 10Years Stronger.' Every year, we're raising the bar of the Annual Meeting in terms of the quality of our keynote speakers, the tour we take of a member's facility and the time and attention we spend on roundtable discussions, networking with vendor partners and peer group interactions.
"The tabletops are an incredible time to get around and see your industry peers, and enjoy the company and networking throughout the meeting," he added. "It's a great opportunity at this event."
The tabletop exhibition featured a wide range of FLAG vendors, including All Printing Resources (APR), Channeled Resources Group, Label Traxx, Prati, RotoMetrics, UPM Raflatac, Xeikon and more.
The Annual Meeting also commemorated FLAG's announcement of its 100th member: Adcraft Labels in Anaheim, CA. Since its inception, FLAG has retained over 90% of its membership by delivering savings and providing a growing list of value-added services.
What started as buying groups savings has branched out into other benefits for members. FLAG is focused on providing new label sales growth, catastrophic recovery plans, and technical and business support. Meanwhile. vendors gain access to members, which offers a way to expand revenue growth.
FLAG has undertaken several initiatives to boost members and vendors alike. JC McKay. vice president of business development, detailed FLAG's Lunch & Learn calendar, as well as resources to help with workforce develop ment. "Finding talent in general is very challenging, for both vendors and members," said JC McKay. "We're piloting peer group NXT as a resource for the future, designed to provide a succession plan with advice from peers."
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